Resource Links

  • Intertribal Court of California (ICC)- Tribal court chartered by a consortium of Indian tribes to address legal issues authorized under their collective judicial authorities. ICC is a court of limited jurisdiction authorized by an inter-tribal governing agreement, exercising jurisdiction over cases involving on reservation housing disputes (eviction cases) and cases involving the welfare of the children of member tribes. The enrolled members of the consortium tribes and other interested parties may also submit cases to the court mediation services for resolution.
  • California Indian Museum - The California Indian Museum is a project made possible by NIJC to acquire, record, preserve, study, interpret, and exhibit information of the outstanding importance on the history, cultural heritage, and contemporary life of the indigenous people of California. The Museum's goal is to light the way--the spiritual, social, economic, and personal way-- for native people of the Western hemisphere and the Pacific Islands to come together and share.
  • The Native American Bar Association - Bar association for Native American lawyers and attorneys interested in federal Indian law.
  • Lisa Mitten's Native American Sites - Contains a vast amount of Native American links.
  • The People's Paths: North American & First People's Publications - Contains online publications by and concerning Indian peoples.
  • National CASA Association - National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is a nationwide movement of community volunteers who provide legal assistance for abused and neglected children.
  • California Indian Legal Services - CILS is a non-profit American Indian controlled law firm which provides specialized legal representation to California Indians and Indian tribes. CILS provides free or low-cost representation on certain matters concerning Indian land base, self-determination, and Indian heritage.
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The attached is a list provided by DOJ of PL-280 status for each federally recognized Tribe. Bold indicates PL-280 status. Strikethrough indicates NOT PL-280. Italics indicate that the PL-280 status has changed over time; this would typically be due to a retrocession process converting from PL-280 status back to federal and tribal jurisdiction over criminal matters.

Native American Organizations

State Agencies

Federal Agencies


Business Development

Tribal Political, Social and Cultural Issues


Native News Links

Tribal Codes & Constitution Links

US Constitution

The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights in several versions...pick your own at

Robert's Rules of Order

Ever storm out of a meeting? Knowing Robert's Rules of Order can eliminate the frustrations that can often accompany group discussions. Be the person who understands what precedes a debate, how to obtain the floor, introduce motions, second them, state questions, and when to debate. The floor will be all yours...Robert's Rules of Order.

Tribal Codes and Constitutions

  • --NIJC offers for sale a model Tribal Housing Code, model Tribal Juvenile Justice Code, and model Tribal Child/Family Protection Code. Prices can be found at the NIJC Publications page.
  • --Numerous websites have been found to have these model codes listed on their web pages without permission.
  • --All materials produced by NIJC are copyrighted. Copyright ©1999 National Indian Justice Center.
  • --Unauthorized reproduction or distribution of these materials or any portion of it, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law.

Legal Search Links

Various websites allow the public to search for Court Decisions, Legal Documents, and Funding Availability.

The Regional Tribal Justice Center

There are twenty-two (22) federally recognized tribes in Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma Counties in Northern California. Many of these tribes are in great need of assistance in developing basic justice systems for their communities. Most of these tribes are small and unable to compete with larger tribes for federal grants to develop basic systems of justice. In fact, most tribes need training and technical assistance on foundational components of tribal governance and tribal justice. In response to these needs, the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) has been awarded funding through Congress, with the assistance from Congressman Mike Thompson, to develop the Regional Tribal Justice Center (the Center) which focuses on issues facing the tribes and their communities within this tri-county region. NIJC is an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation that provides technical assistance to tribes throughout the nation. NIJC will serve as the parent organization to the Center. The mission of the Center is to develop governmental infrastructure and justice systems and to answer basic legal questions of the tribal members.

The Center serves as an independent education and resource center dedicated to the needs of the tri-county region. The Center provides education programs with special emphasis on developing tribal governmental infrastructure, as well as developing law-related educational programs for Native American youth. The youth programs are designed specifically to educate them about tribal-state history, dispute resolution, and the role of the tribal council. There will also be specific skills training on computers, emphasizing basic principles of law.

In addition to its educational objectives, the Center houses the Intertribal Court of California (the Court). The Court is a circuit court currently serving a consortium of eight (8) tribes within the tri-county area. The Court is limited in jurisdiction to Indian child welfare cases and Indian housing cases. The Court also provides a mediation service to member tribes and their membership. The Center facility has hearing rooms, a law library, a computer training lab, classrooms, and administrative office space.

The Center is a division of NIJC which develops and conducts education programs, curricula and training services, and administers the Court. NIJC brings experience and resources to this project, including a wealth of educational materials developed specifically for tribal communities. NIJC's collaborative partnerships include California Indian Legal Services, Native American Rights Fund, California State Social Services, Office for Criminal Justice Planning, the California Attorney General's Office and the Tribes in the tri-county region. We invite you to visit the Center at 5250 Aero Drive just north of Santa Rosa.

Downloadable Model Solid Waste and Water Codes
  1. Model Tribal Air Quality Ordinance
  2. Model Tribal Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance
  3. Model Tribal Water Quality Ordinance
  4. Model Tribal Drinking Water Ordinance
For assistance or additional information:
Contact NIJC
5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707)579-5507
Fax: (707)579-9019